Chandigarh court to hear German gang-rape victim’s case daily

January 17th, 2009 - 10:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Jan 17 (IANS) A local court in Chandigarh will take up a 20-year-old German woman’s gang-rape case on a daily basis till the case is disposed of, court officials said here Saturday, after a seven-hour cross-examination of the victim by defence lawyers.”The cross examination of the girl was completed Saturday. Now the proceedings of the court will continue Monday in which the statements of the accused will be recorded,” A.S. Chahal, a lawyer for the defendants, told the media after the proceedings.

The German woman was gang-raped by five youths after being taken on a drive from a leading hotel here September last year.

“The victim’s role in the trial is over and the court does not need her presence here during the next hearings. She was quite cooperative but many a times she broke down during the day’s proceedings,” a source in the court told IANS.

The official said the girl had demanded the reimbursement of her own and her father’s travel expenses. However, the court said that they had summoned only the victim so only she is entitled to the compensation, and asked the Chandigarh administration to pay 530 euros to the victim.

This was the first time that the victim appeared before the court in connection with the case.

The proceedings of the case are being held in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge R.S. Attri.

The victim was driven into the district court complex in Sector 17 here Saturday amid tight security. She was accompanied by her father and an official of the German embassy from New Delhi.

The victim and her father flew in from Germany to India for the case and they are expected to return Sunday.

“I am quite satisfied with the court’s trial and am happy that my daughter will finally get justice. The police here handled the case well and I have full faith in Indian judiciary,” the woman’s father told the media after the court’s proceedings Saturday.

Translators from Panjab University have also been provided in the court to assist recording of statements, as the victim cannot speak English fluently.

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